Kanarraville blaze razes garages, barn
By Mark Havnes
The Salt Lake Tribune





Jesse Hirschi, chief of the Kanarraville Volunteer Fire Department, surveys damage caused by an intense fire Friday morning that burned down two garages and a barn. The blaze, which was ignited by a faulty power line, caused an estimated $500,000 in damage and destroyed at least 24 vehicles stored in the buildings. (Mark Havnes/The Salt Lake Tribune)

KANARRAVILLE - The biggest fire in recent memory to strike this tiny Iron County community burned two garages and a barn to the ground Friday morning.
The fire broke out at 8:30 a.m. in a garage owned by Danny Cornelius and quickly spread to a neighbor's barn and garage.
Firefighters with the Kanarraville Volunteer Fire Department were joined by members of the New Harmony and Cedar City departments. The fire became so hot at one point that it melted the vinyl siding of one of the houses.
Cornelius said he noticed the blaze through a back window of his house and called 911. He also is a volunteer firefighter, so he went to the station, and returned with one of the town's two fire engines.
His wife, Cristina Cornelius, said she evacuated their house with their 2-year-old twin daughters.
"It was scary," she said.
Cedar City Fire Marshal Mike Phillips said 15 firefighters and two engines responded. He added that because of the dollar amount involved - damage is estimated at more than $500,000 - state fire investigators
were called to the scene.
Deputy state Fire Marshal Todd Hohbein said his investigation determined the fire was caused by the power line to the barn.
He said at least 24 vehicles were burned, including several all-terrain vehicles, camping trailers, at least one car, snowmobiles and motorcycles, as well as power tools and appliances. Smoke could be seen as far away as Hurricane, about 30 miles to the south.
Said Kanarraville fire Chief Jesse Hirschi: "Cedar City [and New Harmony] came; we saved property, and no lives were lost."